7 stands and coasters to protect your furniture from HomePod rings

Apple’s HomePod was met with minor scandal when it was discovered that its silicone base was leaving rings on various wooden surfaces after being placed there for some time. Basically, the silicone interacts with the oil finish on a piece of wooden furniture, transferring a little color over. Your best option is to simply keep your HomePod off your wooden tables, desks, and nightstands. However, if the best place for your speaker is on a wooden surface, then consider these mats and stands to help protect your teak.

Apple aesthetic

Deeroll silicone anti-slip pad

The Deeroll pad is essentially a little pedestal upon which you may rest your mighty HomePod. The ring of your speaker sits into the Deeroll, which is shaped like a very wide plunger. Ironically, the Deeroll pad is made of silicone, but it’s made of much sterner stuff, and Deeroll promises it leaves no marks whatsoever.

$13 at Amazon

Gone sideways

elago HomePod stand

This stand “flips the script” as the kids (and th…

Apple's HomePod was met with minor scandal when it was discovered that its silicone base was leaving rings on various wooden surfaces after being placed there for some time. Basically, the silicone interacts with the oil finish on a piece of wooden furniture, transferring a little color over. Your best option is to simply keep your HomePod off your wooden tables, desks, and nightstands. However, if the best place for your speaker is on a wooden surface, then consider these mats and stands to help protect your teak.

Apple aesthetic

Deeroll silicone anti-slip pad

The Deeroll pad is essentially a little pedestal upon which you may rest your mighty HomePod. The ring of your speaker sits into the Deeroll, which is shaped like a very wide plunger. Ironically, the Deeroll pad is made of silicone, but it's made of much sterner stuff, and Deeroll promises it leaves no marks whatsoever.

$13 at Amazon

Gone sideways

elago HomePod stand

This stand "flips the script" as the kids (and the company) say in that it actually holds your HomePod on its side. The base of the elago stand is, again, silicone, but it's different from what's on the bottom of the HomePod and won't leave a ring. elago promises that the stand doesn't impede the HomePod's ability to EQ itself in your room since the tweeters and woofer aren't being blocked at all.

$10 at Amazon

HomePod cage

Meres aluminum holder

This one's a little more ham-fisted in its approach, but if you like the silver, sort of industrial look, then it may be up your alley. Meres' holder is a stand with bars at each of the four corners to hold your HomePod in place. Your speaker then sits in the middle, unimpeded. The bottom is slightly sunken so that your HomePod can be comfortably nestled in there, and if nothing else, the Meres stand prevents it from being accidentally knocked over.

$30 at Amazon

Stealthy in black

Circle for HomePod

Circle Tech's Circle is just that: a circle. It's like the end of the black plungers you see, with a protruding center that sits up under your HomePod. These are made of stainless steel, so they won't leave a mark on your wooden furniture. They're probably the most inconspicuous item on this list, really just looking like part of your HomePod when all is said and done.

$20 at Amazon

Holster that weapon

HomeBase HomePod wall mount

The absolute best option for keep rings off your wooden tabletops? Get your HomePod off of tables altogether with the HomeBase wall mount. It's a bracket with circles on each end into which you slide your HomePod. The mount sits flush against the wall, and there's a large hole for the power cable, so everything looks nice and clean.

$27 at Amazon

Luxurious leather

Pad & Quill leather HomePod coaster

Ostensibly first to market with something like this, Pad & Quill's leather coaster is the haute couture way to prevent stains on your wooden furniture. These $20 coasters are exactly that: oversize leather coasters that come in black, whiskey brown, or chestnut brown. They're elegant and relatively discreet since they're perfectly sized for the bottom of the HomePod.

$20 at Pad & Quill

Swing batter batter

HomePlate coaster

The HomePlate coaster from H-Squared is another great and tidy option, since its raised circle fits into the ring on the bottom of your HomePod, and then the base simply looks like it was meant to be there all along. Made of acrylic, this one certainly won't leave any marks behind, and you can grab it in black or white for around $11. The flat design means no interference with the HomePod's EQ-ing functions, and little rubber feet on the bottom means no slippage.

$11 at Amazon

Also great

Lanmu anti-slip pad

Much like Deeroll's stand, this one keeps in line with Apple's aesthetic. It sits flat on your table to prevent slippage and hold your HomePod in place with a raised ring. It also comes in black or white.

$10 at Amazon

If you're worried about your HomePod leaving unsightly rings on your wood furniture, grab one of these made-for-HomePod coasters for it. The Deeroll coaster is your best option if you want to stick with the Apple style.

Already settled on the Fitbit you want? Here’s how to make sure it’ll fit

Avoid disappointment when you get your hands on your brand new Fitbit by choosing one that fits your wrist right out of the box!

To get the most out of your Fitbit, you want to wear it as much as possible. This means all day at work, all night when you’re sleeping, and on every trip to the gym. Make sure your Fitbit is super comfortable around your wrist by following one of their sizing guides before buying. As our top pick for 2019, we recommend the Fitbit Versa for most people.

Products used in this guide

Fitbit: Fitbit Versa ($200)

Why do you need to measure your wrist before buying a Fitbit?

Fitbits come in two standard sizes, small and large (though you can get an X-large by ordering models through the Fitbit site). It’s a little strange that there’s not a medium or regular size. Does that mean your normal-sized wrist is actually a large? How small is small? How large is large?

Fortunately, Fitbit breaks down wrist sizes based on their circumferences (the distance aro…

Avoid disappointment when you get your hands on your brand new Fitbit by choosing one that fits your wrist right out of the box!

To get the most out of your Fitbit, you want to wear it as much as possible. This means all day at work, all night when you're sleeping, and on every trip to the gym. Make sure your Fitbit is super comfortable around your wrist by following one of their sizing guides before buying. As our top pick for 2019, we recommend the Fitbit Versa for most people.

Products used in this guide

Why do you need to measure your wrist before buying a Fitbit?

Fitbits come in two standard sizes, small and large (though you can get an X-large by ordering models through the Fitbit site). It's a little strange that there's not a medium or regular size. Does that mean your normal-sized wrist is actually a large? How small is small? How large is large?

Fortunately, Fitbit breaks down wrist sizes based on their circumferences (the distance around the outside of your wrist) and ties those with the different product sizes. This makes it easy to buy a Fitbit and know that it will fit your wrist properly, even if you can't try it on.

What do you need to measure your wrist?

Fitbit actually makes it very easy for you to get an accurate wrist measurement so you can be sure the Fitbit you choose will fit properly.

If you have a printer, you can click on the photos below to download individual Sizing Tools customized for the device you're interested in. Just print it out, cut it out, and use it to see which size fits your wrist best.

Fitbit Small Large X Large Sizing Tool Price
Charge 2 5.5"-6.7" 6.7"-8.1" 8.1"-9.3" Sizing $130
Flex 2 5.5"-6.7" 6.7"-8.1" Unavailable Sizing $60
Alta 5.5"-6.7" 6.7"-8.1" 8.1"-9.3" Sizing $100
Alta HR 5.5"-6.7" 6.7"-8.1" 8.1"-9.3" Sizing $120
Ionic 5.5"-6.7" 6.7"-8.1" Unavailable Sizing $250
Versa 5.5"-7.1" 7.1"-8.7" Unavailable Sizing $200
Ace n/a n/a n/a One size $80

If you do not have a printer, don't worry. Find a piece of string, wrap it around your wrist about two fingers below your wrist bone. Once you've done that, measure how long the piece of string is. Once you have that information, you're ready to match your wrist size with a Fitbit band size.

Which Fitbit size matches your wrist size?

Fitbits come in small and large sizes out of the box. You can also get an X-large size by ordering through the Fitbit website. If you know the circumference of your wrist, you will know which Fitbit size to buy.

Keep in mind that your Fitbit band is slightly adjustable, so you may have a little bit of wiggle room. If you're unsure, it's best to go a size up and then use the Fitbit's adjustable band to tighten it to your wrist.

Overall, you want to keep your Fitbit loose enough that it comfortably slides back and forth on your wrist. For Fitbits with a built-in heart rate monitor, position them about two fingers above your wrist bone.

Try this on for size

Your Fitbit needs to be comfortable to wear, otherwise you won't enjoy using it. Using these tips will ensure you pick up the right Fitbit size for your wrist. From there you can enjoy charting your progress as you achieve your Fitness goals. And because you've sized your Fitbit properly, it won't slide off when you're patting yourself on the back!

Our top equipment picks

Our Pick

Fitbit Versa

The best fitness tracker is also a pretty decent smartwatch.

The Versa combines Fitbit's strength in accurate and useful fitness tracking with an easy-to-use smartwatch interface for notifications and more from your phone. It's the best of both worlds.

Start your kids on the path to life-long fitness with these Fitbit trackers

As a team that works remotely, we understand the necessity behind getting to the gym, and we’ve tested all the fitness tech that we can find to figure out what works best.

The Fitbit Ace is the best Fitbit tracker for kids because Fitbit has geared it toward them specifically. It has an excellent feature set, comes with a durable band, and is relatively inexpensive.

Our pick

Fitbit Ace

$100 at Amazon
$100 at Best Buy
The Fitbit Ace helps make fitness fun for kids

Fitbit’s Ace tracker is basically an Alta made kid-friendly. It features the same iconic design, but in the Fitbit app, you set up a family account, which has animations, goal celebrations, and information geared toward children.

Who should buy this Fitbit?

The Fitbit Ace is for parents of children aged six and older who want to buy their child a fitness tracker. It may be overly complex for anyone younger, and they may not be able to appreciate its benefits.

Is it a good time to buy this Fitbit?

The Fitbit Ace is…

As a team that works remotely, we understand the necessity behind getting to the gym, and we've tested all the fitness tech that we can find to figure out what works best.

The Fitbit Ace is the best Fitbit tracker for kids because Fitbit has geared it toward them specifically. It has an excellent feature set, comes with a durable band, and is relatively inexpensive.

Our pick

Fitbit Ace

The Fitbit Ace helps make fitness fun for kids

Fitbit's Ace tracker is basically an Alta made kid-friendly. It features the same iconic design, but in the Fitbit app, you set up a family account, which has animations, goal celebrations, and information geared toward children.

Who should buy this Fitbit?

The Fitbit Ace is for parents of children aged six and older who want to buy their child a fitness tracker. It may be overly complex for anyone younger, and they may not be able to appreciate its benefits.

Is it a good time to buy this Fitbit?

The Fitbit Ace is the newest tracker in Fitbit's lineup and was only released in June 2018, so it's an excellent time to buy. We likely won't see an updated version for several years.

Reasons to buy

  • Durable, kid-friendly build
  • Great feature set
  • Shower-proof
  • 5-day battery life
  • Great ecosystem

Reasons not to buy

  • Not swim-proof
  • $100 may be expensive for some parents

Not just a toy

The Fitbit Ace may be for kids, but that doesn't mean it's a simple plaything. It boasts practical features that its Fitbit counterparts have, offering your child a meaningful foray into tracking their fitness progress. It tracks steps, active minutes during other exercise, and it monitors sleep so that your kid can learn not only good exercise habits, but great sleep habits as well.

To add a spark of fun and some friendly competition, your child will earn badges for achieving milestones, and they'll receive daily celebration messages for reaching goals. Got a kid that likes to lay on the couch all weekend? Reminder to Move will encourage your child to stay active throughout the day with friendly reminders.

The Ace helps your child build healthy habits early-on.

With its 5-day, rechargeable battery, your kid won't have to put down their Ace very often, and since its shower-proof, they can wear it all day and night. There are 10 clock faces to choose from and two band colors, so your child can add their own sense of style, and the band size is adjustable for little wrists.

If your child is under 13, you'll create a Family fitbit account, which offers two views — one for you and one for your kid. You can view all of your child's progress, and your child can access their account through Fitbit's secure "Kid View," which shows them their progress, badges, and more. Kids can also go toe-to-toe with their friends in friendly step challenges to win virtual trophies.

Alternatives to the Fitbit Ace

If you feel like the Ace is a bit too expensive or a tad too involved for your kid, then check out these other great trackers.

Runner-up

Fitbit Flex 2

Simpler and less expensive

$60 at Amazon

The Fitbit Flex 2 features a simple set of LEDs to let your kid know their goal progress, and it's fully water-resistant, so they can even take it to swimming lessons.

The Fitbit Flex 2 is probably the most durable Fitbit tracker, since it's just a wristband with an insertable tracker. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and much more, and it has a 5-day battery life.

Value pick

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Excellent features and build in an affordable package

$25 at Amazon

Xiaomi's latest Mi Band has a great OLED display, a built-in heart rate monitor, and it's fully swim-proof. It also has great smart features for when your child gets their own phone.

The Mi Band 3 has a heart rate monitor and it tracks steps, distance traveled, and more. It may not be the most accurate tracker (it doesn't track sleep very well), but what it lacks in accuracy it makes up for in a great overall user experience and feature set, especially for the price.

Bottom line

While there are great alternatives, the Fitbit Ace has features your child can grow into, and the Fitbit lineup is easily the best around when it comes to fitness trackers. $100 might be a big ask, but it's an investment in your child's fitness habits, and the tracker itself should last years, thanks to its hardy build.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Mick Symons is a Senior Editor at mobile nations who has tested more than his fair share of fitness accessories, yet he can't seem to get rid of his cookie pouch.

Daniel Bader is a Fitbit afficionado with a penchant for exercise and drinking too much coffee (though not necessarily in that order).

Derek Kessler is a proper wizard who makes all this inane rambling look good.

How to back up your contacts on Mac

Keep your contacts and all their info safe — back them up on your Mac.

Your contacts are just phone numbers and addresses; they’re business connections, loved ones, and each contact’s card likely contains sensitive information and important stuff that you don’t want to lose. You likely have contacts on your iPhone or iPad, and maybe you even use Messages and FaceTime on your Mac. If that’s the case, back up your contacts on your Mac to make sure that no one goes missing.

How to manually back up contacts on your Mac
How to export your contacts to your Mac from iCloud

How to manually back up contacts on your Mac

Just like your iPhone or iPad, you have a Contacts app on your Mac, and you can manually back up all of your contacts right in the app.

Export them

Launch the Contacts app on your Mac.
Click on File in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
Click Export.
Click on Contacts Archive.

Name the save file, choose where you’d like to save, and click Save.

From here,…

Keep your contacts and all their info safe — back them up on your Mac.

Your contacts are just phone numbers and addresses; they're business connections, loved ones, and each contact's card likely contains sensitive information and important stuff that you don't want to lose. You likely have contacts on your iPhone or iPad, and maybe you even use Messages and FaceTime on your Mac. If that's the case, back up your contacts on your Mac to make sure that no one goes missing.

How to manually back up contacts on your Mac

Just like your iPhone or iPad, you have a Contacts app on your Mac, and you can manually back up all of your contacts right in the app.

Export them

  1. Launch the Contacts app on your Mac.
  2. Click on File in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click Export.
  4. Click on Contacts Archive.
  5. Name the save file, choose where you'd like to save, and click Save.

From here, you can do whatever you want with the saved file. Upload it to Dropbox, Google Drive, or save it on a physical backup.

Drag them to your desktop

Sometimes, exporting might not work 100%. Just one of those weird things. Even if it does, you're safest backing up your contacts another way too. (Thanks to commenter Gary Dauphin for the suggestion.)

  1. Launch the Contacts app on your Mac.
  2. Click All Contacts on the left.
  3. Click a contact.
  4. Press command-A on your keyboard. This will select all of your contacts.
  5. Click and drag your contacts to your desktop.

A .vcf file will be created, and you can add that to your cloud storage or physical backup or however you'd like to store it. You can also drag and drop individual contact cards if you don't want to back up all of them.

How to export your contacts to your Mac from iCloud

Using iCloud on the web, you can export your iPhone or iPad contacts straight to your Mac and then do whatever you'd like with them.

  1. Go to iCloud.com in your favorite browser.
  2. Sign in.
  3. Click Contacts.
  4. Click a contact.
  5. Press command-A on your keyboard. This will select all contacts.
  6. Click the gear icon in the bottom left of the window.
  7. Click Export vCard.

The file will download to your downloads folder on your Mac.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below.

Updated February 2019: Updated for macOS Mojave.

Best cloud storage apps for iPhone and iPad

Running out of room on your devices? Find the cloud storage app that works best for you!

iPhones aren’t exactly winning when it comes to on-device storage (unless you shell out mondo dinero for the 512GB version), so looking into cloud storage is a great idea. It’s a great idea period if you like to have your files, media, and more on all of your devices (or at least the ability to transfer it between them).

There’s some real garbage out there, so we’ve narrowed down the best cloud storage apps for iPhone and iPad so that you can keep your stuff safe without taking up room on your devices.

Dropbox
Google Drive
OneDrive
Box
SugarSync
Mega

Dropbox

Dropbox is easily one of the best cloud storage services around. I asked around in our forums, and everyone said they use Dropbox. I asked all my colleagues — Dropbox all around.

That’s because Dropbox has kick-ass features, like the ability to recover deleted items, the fact that it’s on just about every platform imaginable, a…

Running out of room on your devices? Find the cloud storage app that works best for you!

iPhones aren't exactly winning when it comes to on-device storage (unless you shell out mondo dinero for the 512GB version), so looking into cloud storage is a great idea. It's a great idea period if you like to have your files, media, and more on all of your devices (or at least the ability to transfer it between them).

There's some real garbage out there, so we've narrowed down the best cloud storage apps for iPhone and iPad so that you can keep your stuff safe without taking up room on your devices.

Dropbox

Dropbox is easily one of the best cloud storage services around. I asked around in our forums, and everyone said they use Dropbox. I asked all my colleagues — Dropbox all around.

That's because Dropbox has kick-ass features, like the ability to recover deleted items, the fact that it's on just about every platform imaginable, and that it can sync with other services, like 1Password. You can also earn more free storage by referring friends and family and completing Dropbox's "Get Started Guide".

A basic, free Dropbox account gives you 2GB of free storage, or you can choose to pay a yearly subscription of $9.99 a month for 1TB (Plus), or $19.99 for 2TB (Professional).

Free - Download Now

Google Drive

If you want free storage and you want a lot of it (reliably), then Google Drive is where it's at. You get 15GB up front, no charge. Within Google Drive is Google Photos, which gives you unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels each.

Like Dropbox, Google Drive is on just about every platform and it's the perfect place to start and store just about everything. Photos lets you store photos, Docs lets you create and store documents (I wrote this in Docs), and you also have Sheets and Slides for spreadsheets and presentations, respectively.

For a whole host of awesome tools and excellent storage, from which you can download anything you create or store (on any device), check out Google Drive. It's pretty hard to beat what you get for FREE.

But if you need more than 15GB of storage, here are all of Google Drive's pricing options:

  • 100GB for $1.99 per month
  • 200GB for $2.99 per month
  • 2TB for $9.99 per month
  • 10TB for $99.99 per month
  • 20TB for $199.99 per month
  • 30TB for $299.99 per month

Free - Download Now

OneDrive

If you use iPhone and iPad, but prefer PC over Mac, then OneDrive has you covered. It's also available on just about every platform and works fairly similarly to Google Drive. OneDrive comes preinstalled on Windows 10 devices, so if you're looking to keep all of your iPhone data in sync with your PC, there isn't much you have to do besides making sure you're signed into the same account on both devices.

OneDrive also sends you real-time notifications when someone edits a document and lets you know who they are. Exclusive to iOS is the PDF annotation feature, which lets you highlight, draw on, and sign any PDF file on your iPhone or iPad. If you're big into storing photos, you'll also love that OneDrive automatically tags photos based on visuals, so they'll be easier to search for later on.

5GB is free or you can pay $1.99 a month for 50GB, $69.99 a year (or $6.99 a month) for 1TB and Office 365 Personal, or $99.99 a year (or $9.99 a month) for 6TB and Office 365 Home.

Free - Download Now

Box

Stop sniggering at the name. Box lets you store and share files on all your devices, and it even allows collaboration, which is great if you don't want to let people into your personal Google Drive or iCloud Drive folders (since they may be attached to personal email addresses and whatever else).

You get 10GB of storage for free, and your file size is limited to 250MB, per file, or you can subscribe to the Personal Pro Plan for $10 a month and get 100GB of storage and a file upload size limit of 5GB.

There are also Business Plans that start at $5 a month per user, as well as Developer Plans.

Box integrates with many other apps, just like Dropbox does, which you can use to annotate, e-sign, and more. The real-time search function lets you find files easier and you can rest easy know they're all protected with file-level encryption.

If you need to collaborate on files often or if you're just looking for another spot to store docs, away from your personal stash, then check out Box.

Free - Download Now

SugarSync

SugarSync is another great service to use if you don't want the files you share to be linked to personal email addresses, like Google Drive or OneDrive might be. It's also the perfect service for you if you want a constant sync of all of your files across every device you own.

You can privately share files, stream videos that you have without actually having to download them, automatically back up your iPhone Camera Roll, and much more.

SugarSync is free for 90 days, but then you have to subscribe, at $7.49 a month for 100GB of storage, $9.99 a month for 250GB, $18.95 a month for 500GB, and then $55 a month for a business account, which gives you 1TB.

If you're big into sharing all of your files or you have a ton of devices and can't be waiting for stuff to download all the time, then check out SugarSync.

Free - Download Now

Mega

Mega is the option you should consider if you want your files to be highly secure with end-to-end encryption.

This New Zealand-based company claims that all of your uploaded files and media from your devices are encrypted before they reach the cloud servers. However, because of the super high security involved, they won't be able to help you when you need to reset your password, so make sure to remember it. The mobile app allows you to upload and sync your photos and videos, and you can view your other file types that were uploaded from a computer as well. Mega even allows you to share your files with contacts, and it's all secure with encryption. Teams may collaborate on files shared through Mega as well.

Creating an account is free, and everyone gets 50GB for free. You can then subscribe with the following options:

  • $4.99 per month or $49.99 a year gets you 200GB
  • $9.99 per month or $99.99 a year gets you 1TB
  • $19.99 per month or $199.99 a year gets you 4TB
  • $29.99 per month or $299.99 a year gets you 8TB

Free - Download Now

Where do you keep your stuff?

What's your favorite cloud storage app for iPhone and iPad? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated January 2019: Updated pricing information and added Mega to the list.

How to wipe all personal data and erase your iPhone and iPad

When you’re upgrading to a new iPhone or iPad, leave no data behind you.

Whether you want to re-install your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as new or you want to sell or give it away to someone else entirely, you first need to make sure you’ve wiped it clean and erased all of your personal data, including your photos, messages, and files. It only takes a few steps, and few minutes, and it makes sure you’re data is protected.

How to back up your iPhone or iPad before wiping it
How to erase all data from your iPhone or iPad
How to back up your iPhone or iPad before wiping it

Before you do anything else, make sure you have an up-to-date backup of your iPhone. iCloud automatically makes a backup overnight, as long as you’re plugged in and on Wi-Fi, but a manual backup will make sure you’re absolutely up to date.

Make sure your iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi. (If you’re low on power, plug in as well.)
Launch Settings from the Home screen.
Tap on the Apple ID banner at the top.

Tap…

When you're upgrading to a new iPhone or iPad, leave no data behind you.

Whether you want to re-install your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as new or you want to sell or give it away to someone else entirely, you first need to make sure you've wiped it clean and erased all of your personal data, including your photos, messages, and files. It only takes a few steps, and few minutes, and it makes sure you're data is protected.

How to back up your iPhone or iPad before wiping it

Before you do anything else, make sure you have an up-to-date backup of your iPhone. iCloud automatically makes a backup overnight, as long as you're plugged in and on Wi-Fi, but a manual backup will make sure you're absolutely up to date.

  1. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi. (If you're low on power, plug in as well.)
  2. Launch Settings from the Home screen.
  3. Tap on the Apple ID banner at the top.
  4. Tap iCloud.

  5. Tap iCloud Backup. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  6. Tap the switch to turn it on.
  7. Tap OK in the prompt. Your iPhone or iPad will no longer automatically back up to your computer when you plug it in.

If you prefer to use iTunes, you should also trigger a manual update to make sure you have all of your recent data backed up.

  1. Plug your iPhone into your Mac or Windows PC.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Click on the iPhone icon in the menu bar when it appears.
  4. Click on Back Up Now. (Click on Encrypt Backup and add a password— you want the security.)
  5. Back up Apps, if asked.

How to erase all data from your iPhone or iPad

As long as you use a passcode, iOS devices are hardware encrypted. That means making your data absolutely inaccessible is as simple as throwing away the encryption key. iOS will still erase everything, however, and return you to the setup process, so that you have a nice, clean device to start over with or sell.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now tap on General.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Reset.
  4. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

  5. Tap on Erase iPhone.
  6. Tap on Erase iPhone again to confirm.
  7. Enter your Passcode.
  8. Enter your Apple ID password to turn off Activate Lock and remove the device from Find my iPhone.

Once the wiping process is complete, you can set up as a new device, restore from a different backup, or give or sell your device to someone else without worries.

Updated January 2019: Updated screenshots to the latest version of iOS.

How to view and delete old iPhone backups in iCloud

Clear some cloud space and delete those unnecessary backups!

Let’s face it: You don’t much in the way of free storage with iCloud (5GB), and if you’re paying for storage, then you want to use it for the important stuff — not a ton of backups that you really don’t need.

What is an iCloud backup?
Why it’s good to keep your iCloud backups
Why it’s OK to delete iCloud backups
How to delete iCloud backups on your iPhone or iPad
How to delete iCloud backups on your Mac

What is an iCloud backup?

iCloud automatically backs up all of the data on your iPhone or iPad every day, so long as the device is connected to Wi-Fi, turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. This makes it easy to restore a device if you need to wipe it or set up a brand new iPhone or iPad with your existing data.

Here’s what gets backed up to iCloud:

iTunes purchase history
Photos and videos (unless you have iCloud Photo Library enabled)
Device settings
App data
Home screen and app ogranization
iMess…

Clear some cloud space and delete those unnecessary backups!

Let's face it: You don't much in the way of free storage with iCloud (5GB), and if you're paying for storage, then you want to use it for the important stuff — not a ton of backups that you really don't need.

What is an iCloud backup?

iCloud automatically backs up all of the data on your iPhone or iPad every day, so long as the device is connected to Wi-Fi, turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. This makes it easy to restore a device if you need to wipe it or set up a brand new iPhone or iPad with your existing data.

Here's what gets backed up to iCloud:

  • iTunes purchase history
  • Photos and videos (unless you have iCloud Photo Library enabled)
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app ogranization
  • iMessage, text messages, MMS messages (if restoring, the SIM card used during back up is required)
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail password (if restoring, the SIM card used during back up is required)
  • Health data
  • HomeKit configuration

It can end up being quite a lot of data, which can take up a good chunk of your iCloud storage.

Why it's good to keep your iCloud backups

Holding onto your iCloud backups means you get to take your data virtually anywhere, with the ability to access and restore your iPhone or iPad's data from just about anywhere. It's particularly handy for folks with multiple devices, especially those who rely on Accessibility settings, since you don't have to manually set everything up again.

Why it's OK to delete iCloud backups

The moment someone recommends deleting a backup, you might look at them in shock and wonder how they even dressed themselves this morning. Relax, Jack. It's OK to delete an iCloud backup because you have your device backed up on your Mac or Windows computer, right? Riiiight???

Get an iTunes backup of your iPhone or iPad going, then you have a backup of your backup, just in case. And don't forget, if you turn iCloud backup on again, your device will still be backed up when you're connected to Wi-Fi, the device is locked, turned on, and connected to power.

How to delete iCloud backups on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID right at the top. It should be the name you used to sign up for an Apple ID.
  3. Tap on iCloud.
  4. Tap Manage Storage under iCloud.

  5. Tap Backup.
  6. Tap the device whose backup you want to delete.

  7. Tap Delete Backup at the bottom.
  8. Tap Turn Off & Delete.

How to delete iCloud backups on your Mac

  1. Launch System Preferences from the dock, your Finder, or by clicking the  button on the top left of your screen.
  2. Click iCloud and sign in if prompted.
  3. Click Manage... in the bottom right corner of the window.

  4. Click Backups in the menu on the left.
  5. Click the backup you want to delete.
  6. Click Delete on the bottom left the pane.
  7. Click Delete in the pop-up.
  8. Click Done or repeat steps 5 to 7 to delete another backup.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below.

Updated January 2019: All steps reflect the proper method for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

These are the best workout headphones for iPhone and Apple Watch

Just because the writers at iMore are tech geeks, doesn’t mean we don’t like to break a sweat. When we’re getting our swell on, we need excellent headphones that can stand up to the roughest workout, so we’ve done some serious testing and come up with the picks below.

The Jaybird X4 is the best pair of wireless workout headphones you can buy right now. It features good sound that can be made great with the in-app equalizer, and its customizable fit is superb. It may be a bit pricey, but it’s worth it.

Our pick

Jaybird X4

$130 from Amazon
$130 from Best Buy
Exceptional battery life and a solid overall experience

The Jaybird X4 regularly lasts me through two weeks of workouts, and the in-line playback/call controls along with the Jaybird app make for an exceptional, intuitive experience.

Who should buy these headphones?

These really are the best headphones for most people, though cost may certainly be the inhibitor here. If you’re not a devout audiophile, the sound is more tha…

Just because the writers at iMore are tech geeks, doesn't mean we don't like to break a sweat. When we're getting our swell on, we need excellent headphones that can stand up to the roughest workout, so we've done some serious testing and come up with the picks below.

The Jaybird X4 is the best pair of wireless workout headphones you can buy right now. It features good sound that can be made great with the in-app equalizer, and its customizable fit is superb. It may be a bit pricey, but it's worth it.

Our pick

Jaybird X4

Exceptional battery life and a solid overall experience

The Jaybird X4 regularly lasts me through two weeks of workouts, and the in-line playback/call controls along with the Jaybird app make for an exceptional, intuitive experience.

Who should buy these headphones?

These really are the best headphones for most people, though cost may certainly be the inhibitor here. If you're not a devout audiophile, the sound is more than great, and the wireless design helps keep you mobile without getting caught up with your headphone cord running through your shirt.

Is it a good time to buy these headphones?

Since Jaybird just released the X4 wireless sport earbuds in September 2018, it's the perfect time to buy them. They're the best Jaybird has to offer right now, and you're right at the beginning of the their life cycle.

Reasons to buy

  • Phenomenal battery life
  • Cordless design
  • Great sound
  • Excellent companion app
  • Comfortable fit

Reasons not to buy

  • Expensive
  • You dislike earbuds

Jaybird X4 are meant for an active lifestyle

Admittedly, the Jaybird X4 earbuds are not perfect, but they're certainly the best wireless workout headphones you can buy right now. When you combine their feature set and sound quality, it's pretty hard to consider any other pair of workout earbuds.

They come with a few sizes of ear tips, as well as three fin sizes, so you can mix and match to find what works best for you. Some people may not like the rubber, sort of suction cup-ish ear tips, which is justifiable, since if you don't find the perfect fit, they can feel like they've completely dammed up your ears.

When you combine feature set and overall audio quality, it's pretty hard to consider any other pair of workout earbuds.

That being said, once you find a comfortable fit, the X4s aren't going anywhere. I've been working out with them for almost a month now, and they haven't even shifted in my ears while lifting weights or running. The wire connecting the earbuds can be a bit cumbersome — I got it caught between me and the bar while squatting once — but it's negligible.

I consider myself to be a pseudo-audiophile, so I'm a bit of a stickler, and while I'm not thrilled about the Jaybird X4 audio quality, I don't hate it. The in-app EQ certainly helps a ton, and then you crank them up, they sound quite good, but at the lower volume, I keep during workouts, they're about a 7/10, which still makes them the best wireless workout earbuds I've tested.

The icing on the cake for these 'buds is how quickly they connect and the great playback controls. I turn them on, and they connect instantly, and immediately give you the remaining battery percentage, which is just dynamite. And I love the the control sounds to let you know you're skipping a track, going back, or turning them off. It all comes together perfectly.

Alternatives to the Jaybird X4

If the Jaybird X4s just don't seem like the earbuds for you, then you can go cheaper but stay in the Jaybird lineup with the Tarah 'buds, or you can get awesome headphones for under $30 with the Aukey Latitudes. If you want the crème de la crème, however, you want the Jabra Elite Active 65t.

Runner-up

Jaybird Tarah

Basically, Jaybird X4 lite

$100 at Amazon

For $30 less, you get the same great app experience and connectivity, with only minor compromises in audio quality and battery life.

Jaybird's latest, the Tarah wireless earbuds, are essentially the X4 lite. Their cable isn't as durable, and they don't sound as great out of the box, but the in-app EQ helps them sound almost as good as the X4, and they still have excellent playback/call controls, and connect in a flash.

Value pick

Aukey Latitude

The Aukey Latitude earbuds have a price that massively belies their quality.

$30 at Amazon

For under $30, the Aukey Latitude earbuds are surprisingly great. They're wireless, have great battery life, and have surprisingly good sound.

If you want to go wireless in the gym (and there's no reason why you shouldn't at this point), but you don't want to spend more than $50, then these are the earbuds for you. 1.5 hours of charge gives you 8 hours of playback, and Aukey has a two-year warranty should anything go wrong. These are an excellent value.

Upgrade pick

Jabra Elite Active 65t

If money is no object, these are the 'buds to beat.

$170 at Best Buy

If you have nearly $200 to spend on workout headphones, get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They're truly wireless, have decent battery life, great sound, and really are the workout earbuds of the future.

The Elite Active 65t earbuds feature onboard playback/call/Siri controls, and there's no annoying wires to get in your way while you work out. These are made to stay in your ears, no matter what, and with 5 hours of battery life and an extra 10 hours from the included charging case, they should last you through a good week of workouts.

Bottom line

If you want the best of what's around for wireless workout earbuds, you want the Jaybird X4, which combine a great, durable design with great sound, an excellent app, and an intuitive experience that works exactly the way you need it to in the gym.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Mick Symons has been searching for the best headphones for every situation for years, and has tested many a pair. He now spends his days untangling the cables of every pair he once kept in his pockets.

Luke Filipowicz is an iMore staff writer who also frequents the gym and writes a ton about headphones, speakers, and all other things audio-related.

Load up your new Apple Watch with these tiny games!

Can’t or don’t want to pull out your phone? Play on your wrist!

Apple Watch is cool — just plain cool. There are myriad things that we can now do by tapping the gorgeous device on our wrists, and while productivity is the name of the game, a little fun once in a while never hurt anyone!

Let’s be real: You’re not gonna find a fully immersive gaming experience for Apple Watch, but you will find some excellent time wasters.

Here are the best games you can play on your Apple Watch!

Note: You’ll have to download all of these on your iPhone first, and in many cases, you’ll have to play a bit or sign in/open them on your iPhone before you can play on your Apple Watch.

Pokémon Go!
Pocket Bandit
Lifeline
Rules!
Trivia Crack
Field Day
Letter Zap
Snappy Word
Box Pop
Runeblade
Tiny Armies
Komrad

Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go coming to Apple Watch is kismet. It somehow makes a mobile game even more mobile, allowing you to hatch eggs, get notifications about nearby Po…

Can't or don't want to pull out your phone? Play on your wrist!

Apple Watch is cool — just plain cool. There are myriad things that we can now do by tapping the gorgeous device on our wrists, and while productivity is the name of the game, a little fun once in a while never hurt anyone!

Let's be real: You're not gonna find a fully immersive gaming experience for Apple Watch, but you will find some excellent time wasters.

Here are the best games you can play on your Apple Watch!

Note: You'll have to download all of these on your iPhone first, and in many cases, you'll have to play a bit or sign in/open them on your iPhone before you can play on your Apple Watch.

Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go coming to Apple Watch is kismet. It somehow makes a mobile game even more mobile, allowing you to hatch eggs, get notifications about nearby Pokémon, log each play session as a workout, spin PokéStops for items, and more — all without having to pull your phone out of your pocket.

Pokémon Go for Apple Watch isn't a self-sufficient game but more a companion to the iPhone app. When you get notifications for Pokémon (full-screen notifications at that!), things will be handed off to your iPhone, where you can catch and manage your Pokémon like normal.

If you're serious about Pokémon Go or were hesitant to get in on the fun, there's never been a better time!

Free, with in-app purchases - Download now

Pocket Bandit

Although it's a rather simple game, Pocket Bandit does what a lot of other Apple Watch games don't; use the hardware in a memorable way.

You're a thief who's always on the prowl for the next jewel, gold, gemstone, or top secret file that you can pry from the security of a safe. The gameplay is simple, you need to figure out the combination of each safe (usually two or three numbers) before the time runs out and the cops catch you. You're always trying to beat your high score — calculated by how much money you steal — so open as many safes as you can. Some of the vaults you need to crack even have special anti-theft devices attached to them that you'll need to avoid.

The best part of Pocket Bandit is its use of the Digital Crown. You need to rotate the Digital Crown around to dial the number of the safe. When you get close to the right number, you'll feel your Apple Watch vibrate. With the haptic feedback provided by the Apple Watch, it really makes you feel like you are turning a dial or lock of some kind.

$1 - Download Now

Lifeline

If you're looking for something to pass the time and want something kinda creepy cool, then check out Lifeline. You'll speak with stranded astronaut and try to unravel his predicament and secrets by choosing your responses to everything he says.

You'll have to connect to the app on your iPhone first, but once you do, you'll start to receive the messages on your Apple Watch, tapping each of your responses as you delve deeper into the mystery and try to help Taylor survive by giving him instructions to explore marooned ships and tell him which way to travel.

This is the first in a series of great text adventures from developer 3 Minute Games. Check 'em out!

$2 - Download now

Rules!

Rules! is a fantastic brain teaser app that has you, well, following rules. Things will start off simple, like "Tap the unicorn", so you'll have to tap the unicorn tile. The next round will add a rule, which you'll have to follow, and it'll then say "Follow rule 1", so you'll have to tap the unicorns again. As you progress, more rules are added, so you have to think about the rule of the moment while trying to remember all the other rules in succession.

If you're looking for fun, colorful timewaster that'll give your brain a hell of a workout, then I highly recommend Rules!

$3 - Download now

Trivia Crack

Like trivia? Like competitive trivia even better? Good. Trivia Crack is just that.

In a sort of Trivial Pursuit-style game, you play random people around the world in an effort to collect all the game characters, each representing a different category. Each turn, you'll spin the wheel, which will land on a character, forcing you to answer a question based on that category. It could be history, geography, entertainment, sports, art, or science.

You'll answer questions until you get one wrong, so you could very well running the board and increasing your points total. You can also challenge your opponents in head-to-head battles of wits or chat with your friends and challenge them to games of mental fortitude.

If you're a trivia buff, then definitely check this one out. Just don't expect a game for PhDs — most of the questions are fairly simple, with the odd curveball tossed in for good measure.

Free (ad-free for $3) - Download now

Field Day

If you're a fan of Farmville or Hay Day, then you'll have a field day with this one (OMG DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!). In Field Day, you buy plots of land with the coins you accumulate from selling your produce. You'll grow veggies and sell them, while unlocking new crops and livestock, fulfilling orders, and growing your farm as you participate in various events.

One of the coolest features of Field Day is its integration of the Digital Crown, which you use to scroll up and down your farm to view orders, your crops, and your farmhouse. The Postman will randomly show up to give you missions, which you'll need to complete on your iPhone, so this game is perfect for quick 15-second blasts, as well as somewhat longer play sessions when you have the time.

Free, with in-app purchases - Download now

Letter Zap

I love word games, and if you love word games too, then you'll dig Letter Zap. It's a quick time-waster that you can play in short bursts. All you're trying to do is make a word out of the given letters, of which there will be three to six.

You have to use all the letters you're given and you're trying to make as many words as possible in the time allotted. If a race against the clock isn't what you're after, then try Zen Mode, where you can form unlimited words with no time limit. Heartbeat Mode has you playing against your own heart rate (you'll have to give Letter Zap access to your Health data on your iPhone). The higher your heart rate, the more time you have to make words.

This is an excellent word game with great animations on the Apple Watch. Definitely not to be missed!

$3 - Download now

Snappy Word

Snappy Word is a lot like Letter Zap but with a simpler interface and only four letters at a time. Play to make as many words as you can in 30 seconds or pick up your phone and play the same way or play until you make a mistake, with no time limit. There's also an iMessage app that lets you challenge friends to unscramble words.

Every time a game ends, you'll get kicked out of the app on your Apple Watch so that it can refresh (I guess?). If you're looking for another fun, wordy time-waster, Snappy Word is great, and it's free.

Free, with in-app purchases - Download now

Box Pop

Box Pop is a little difficult to wrap your head around at first, but once you get it, it's fun on the bun. You get green boxes, and the goal is to pop all the red boxes by moving your green boxes in an L shape, like a knight in chess. In the iPhone version, you'll progress through different sizes of grids, but on the Apple Watch, you're limited to the size of the face.

This game is perfect for quick bursts, like while you're on a long elevator ride or have a minute or two before a meeting. This is a great puzzle game and brain workout that's perfect for keeping your mind sharp and boredom at bay.

Free, with in-app purchases - Download now

Runeblade

Are you an RPG fan? Would you believe you can get a fairly full RPG experience on your wrist? I never would've thought so either, but Runeblade is a wildly fun continuous slasher where you fight enemy after enemy, accruing points so that you can upgrade your runes and cast new spells upon them to lengthen your attack duration, raise damage, and more.

The enemies are fun and weird-looking, which makes this game extra special (you encounter the strangest old dude early on — you'll know him when you see him).

The iPhone app is a little more involved, with more animations and stuff, but we're talking about Apple Watch, and if you're looking for a full-color, animated, hackin' and slashin' good time, then definitely check out Runeblade. It's perfect in short bursts and addictive enough that it'll keep you on the toilet long after you're finished with your business.

Free, with in-app purchases - Download now

Tiny Armies

Wrist-based conquest has never been so fun. Tiny Armies is a fast-paced game that makes you swipe to move your units and take over your enemy's territory. You'll encounter lakes, mountains, and forests as obstacles, and gameplay is in quick bouts, perfect for the Apple Watch. You can play alone, head-to-head with your friends, or with anyone in the world via iMessage.

$1 - Download now

Komrad

Komrad is an interactive fiction game in which you chat with a Soviet A.I. from 1985. The A.I. has been training in secret for 30 years and still thinks the Cold War is raging. If you're at all interested in casually playing through a cryptic tale of mystery and potential nuclear disaster, then Komrad should keep you occupied as you carefully choose your responses so as not to destroy the entire world.

$1 - Download now

Gettin' wristy with it

What's your favorite game for Apple Watch? Did you even know there were so many awesome games to play on your wrist? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated September 2018: Added Tiny Armies and Komrad to the list.

Apple Watch bands that won’t break the bank

Your gorgeous Apple Watch was made to be accessorized, but if you’ve already dropped hundreds of dollars on the device itself, then there may not be much left over to buy Apple-made bands or some of the ridiculously priced Hermès bands. Check out these third-party options, keep the bank unbroken, and go forth in style!

Note: All of these bands will fit every Apple Watch. Just be sure you pick the correct size (38mm/40mm, 42mm/44mm) before checkout. 38mm bands fit the 40mm Apple Watch, and 42mm bands fit the 44mm watch.

Best-reviewed

Genuine leather band

This leather band is gorgeous and features white stitching as an accent. The inside of the band is soft for comfort, and you find the band in either black or brown. For the 44mm and 42mm Apple Watches.

$14 at Amazon

Stylish leather

Genuine soft leather band

If you like a leather band, but want something a bit outside the norm, then check out these inexpensive leather bands, which come in three colors and have extra …

Your gorgeous Apple Watch was made to be accessorized, but if you've already dropped hundreds of dollars on the device itself, then there may not be much left over to buy Apple-made bands or some of the ridiculously priced Hermès bands. Check out these third-party options, keep the bank unbroken, and go forth in style!

Note: All of these bands will fit every Apple Watch. Just be sure you pick the correct size (38mm/40mm, 42mm/44mm) before checkout. 38mm bands fit the 40mm Apple Watch, and 42mm bands fit the 44mm watch.

Best-reviewed

Genuine leather band

This leather band is gorgeous and features white stitching as an accent. The inside of the band is soft for comfort, and you find the band in either black or brown. For the 44mm and 42mm Apple Watches.

$14 at Amazon

Stylish leather

Genuine soft leather band

If you like a leather band, but want something a bit outside the norm, then check out these inexpensive leather bands, which come in three colors and have extra holes so that they breathe and have a sportier look about them.

$25 at Amazon

Thick leather

Genuine leather band

These bands are fairly wide and thick, so if you're in it for comfort, these may be what you're after. With a soft inner lining, large holes, and great stitching, these bands go just as well with a T-shirt and jeans as they do with a suit and tie.

$11 at Amazon

Vintage leather

Genuine leather band

If you like a more traditional, vintage look to your leather band, then check these out. They have a natural patina already, come in seven colors, and are comfy and sophisticated — great for all-day or evening wear.

$10 to $20 at Amazon

Colorful leather

Top grain leather band

If you like your leather, but you also prefer a splash of color, then have a look at these bands, with 39 colors and designs to choose from, from vibrant to muted, and even leopard print. Available for all Apple Watch sizes.

$19 at Amazon

Double wrap

Double tour leather band

This leather band wraps around your wrist twice, making it look like you have a bracelet and your Apple Watch on. If you like a sort of cuff look, but want something more delicate, this is the band for you. There are seven colors to choose from.

$17 at Amazon

Seamless and simple

Soft woven nylon sport loop

This band comes in many colors and has a Velcro hook and loop fastener instead of a traditional buckle, giving it a seamless look and making it super easy to put on and take off. Great for folks with skin that's sensitive to nickel.

$12 at Amazon

Rugged NATO strap

Woven nylon band with buckle

This comfortable woven nylon band features the durable and long-lasting NATO (G10) strap design, which has a buckle and is built for all-day wear. The connectors are black steel so that they blend in seamlessly.

$22 at Amazon

Breathable woven nylon

Woven nylon band

These bands have a Velcro closure and come in 34 colors. This is a flexible, comfortable band that's great for sport wear or just all-day wear at the office or on the town. Available for all Apple Watch sizes.

$12 at Amazon

Stainless steel

Metal replacement band

If you want a dressier band for your Apple Watch, this one's dynamite. It comes in black or silver, with a clasp closure that's easy to put on and take off. The best part is that you can remove links if it's a tad too big. Only available for the 42mm and 44mm Apple Watch.

$15 at Amazon

True bling

Stainless steel and resin bracelet

These stainless steel bands put a twist on the traditional metal link band with a strip of resin down the center as an accent. If you're looking for a metal band that makes more of a statement, then these are what you're looking for. Available for the 38mm and 40mm Apple Watches.

$27 at Amazon

For wide/thick wrists

Stainless steel metal strap

If you're a big dude with big wrists or long arms, many regular watch bands can look tiny on you. These stainless steel bands, which come in space gray, are perfect for larger wrists, with big links and a push-button clasp.

$15 at Amazon

Milanese loop

Stainless steel Milanese loop

This Milanese loop-style band features a magnetic closure and comes in five colors to match your Apple Watch. It's available for only the 38mm/40mm watch.

$9 at Amazon

Different link style

Stainless steel replacement band

This stainless steel band has a bit of a different design than others – instead of links that are sort of separated into threes, the links on this band are solid, rounded rectangles, giving it a more streamlined look. Available for the 42mm and 44mm watches.

$25 at Amazon

Bejeweled and fancy

Faux diamond/rhinestone metal bracelet

For more of a pop, this band contains fake diamonds/rhinestones, with wider spaces in each link, available in silver, gold, black, and rose gold. It's the perfect dress band and matches well with the Apple Watch colors. Available for the 38mm and 40mm watches.

$20 at Amazon

Milanese-style

Stainless steel mesh strap

This Milanese-loop style band features an easy-to-use magnetic closure, and it comes in six colors. It's a flexible metal band, and it's available for the 38mm and 40mm watches.

$12 at Amazon

Budget sport pick

Soft silicone sports band

If you like the look of Apple's basic Sport band, but you've worn through the one that came with your watch or you want extras, this band is the perfect dupe. There are 15 colors to choose from, and pricing starts as low as $7 a band. Available for all Apple Watch sizes in small/medium or medium/large.

$7 at Amazon

Eight-pack

Soft silicone sport band

If you like to switch up your band daily or just grow through them quickly, this eight-pack is perfect. It features a closure that looks a bit different than Apple's, comes in sizes for all Apple Watches, has eight different colors, and works out to only $4 a band.

$32 at Amazon

Durable silicone

Silicone replacement strap

If you're looking for a cheap replacement for your Apple Sport band, these are perfect. They have the closure you're used to, are flexible and durable, and won't break the bank at only $6. There are 11 colors available, and you can even grab them in a four-pack or an eight-pack.

$6 at Amazon

Heavy duty protection

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro band and case

Supcase makes wonderfully protective cases for phones and the Apple Watch alike, and this case and band combo is made of sturdy silicone and hard plastic, protecting your Apple Watch from the elements, as well as bumps and scratches.

$19 at Amazon

There's no need to break the bank when it comes to excellent-looking Apple Watch bands, and for under $20, you have your choice of some wonderful silicone, leather, and metal options. There's a lot of value in third-party bands, and thanks to their low prices, you can grab a few and switch things up to match your style.